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Parmigiani Fleurier’s Pershing Tourbillon
From a brand whose name is synonymous with refined haute horlogerie, Parmigiani Fleurier’s Pershing Tourbillon is an embodiment of everything a true house of high watchmaking should reflect. Its not the kind of watch you’ll likely see any time soon, and it certainly isn’t going to be something you’d be able to purchase on a whim. It is, however, the kind of timepiece you’d expect from such an illustrious and exclusive watchmaking company.
Starting with the oddly designed case which screams uniqueness and personality and manufactured in Palladium, it reflects the nature of haute horlogerie in every way, shape and form. A traditionally circular case has been utilised, however the enormous lugs seem to form from deep in the angles of the circle rather than from the tops of the case’s circumference. The crown is defined and overly large, emphasising the sheer heft of the piece’s 45mm.
Parmigiani however have a few variations of the limited edition Pershing Tourbillon pieces which come in both male (002, 005 & CBF) and female (002) , some of which you can view by clicking here.
I gravitated towards the diamond bezel variation of the Pershing Tourbillon for obvious elegant reasons. This incorporates 60 diamond baguettes embedded in the bezel, amounting to approximately 3.33 carats. This choice over a standard bezel does wonders for the piece’s overall aura and adds another element of exclusivity.
The fabulously openworked dial incorporates graphite finishing on the bridges, rose gold plated appliques on the indexes and metallised colours throughout. The prominent hands have been coated in luminescent and have a very domineering effect on the dial. Of its thirty jewels, two of them can be seen on the dial side and their ruby red colour do well to add another dimension of clarity in the piece. The dial itself deceivingly has a plethora of information. Starting with the obvious hour and minute indicators, there’s also a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, a sweeping centre seconds hand and a beautifully crafted 30-second tourbillon at 6 o’clock.
The movement, categorically named the calibre PF511, has about 1 week’s worth of power reserve, which is really very immense considering the fact that this piece is more of an aesthetic timepiece rather than a technological triumph. The PF511 is manually wound, and as I mentioned above utilises 30 jewels throughout the movements. Its made of an incredible 237 parts and is kept relatively thin at about 5.55mm.
Available on a Hermès black Alligator strap with an Ardillon deployment mechanism, the Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon is a raw example of true haute horlogerie. In amongst many watches opting to relish under the umbrella of high watchmaking, its refreshing to see a watch that has the backbone to stand out and be different. It certainly won’t appeal to the masses, but to the diehards and the purists it will tick off every box they have. A fabulous watch that combines aesthetic artistry with respectable mechanism architecture.
Bezel: Case-set with 60 diamond baguettes (3.33ct)
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Water Resistant: 200m
Dial: Sapphire openworked
Power Reserve: 7 days
Strap: Black Alligator leather strap by Hermès
Buckle: Ardillon deployment clasp
Edited by E. F. S